The frio™ coldshoe – Securely connect your hotshoe gear to your tripods and more!
- The frio™ is the world’s best coldshoe. And it’s blue.
- Mount anything with a hotshoe; your flash, light panel or hotshoe mic to any tripod and many lightstands
- Features a universal standard 1/4-20 thread
- The only universal hotshoe adapter with patent-pending DualLock™ security!
- Whatever you fit to your frio™ stays there, but comes off in an instant.
- Safe and secure SlipNClick™ technology so your shoot will never fall apart.
- Universal locking pin cavity so your flash’s lock works too.
- Compact and lightweight to easily fit in your camera bag!
- Don’t trust your expensive flash, monitor, light, microphone and more on anything else!
- Connect, Combine, Create™ with your frio™!
“My frio™ is Easygoing”
Your frio™ connects your hotshoe flash quickly to your tripod, lightstand, rig and grip gear. Once safely on, your gear is secure thanks to patent-pending DualLock™ security, but can be removed in an instant.
“My frio™ is Sociable”
Your frio’s™ universal cold shoe design means that it gets along with all your favourite equipment like photo flashes including the Nikon SB900, not forgetting video DSLR microphones, light panels, monitors, recorders and more. No risky gaffer tape home mods required to ensure a secure connection ever again.
“My frio™ has got my back”
The frio™ is the only coldshoe adaptor in the world that has the added security of a double locking mechanism, so the gear you love the most (the expensive stuff) is safely secured to any lightstand, tripod, rig or grip that you’ve got.
“Does my frio™ like being tied up?”
Your frio™ has a handy lanyard point to hang your radio slaves and any other accessory from. Your frio™ checks out the internet when you’re not looking.
“I have dreams about my frio™ that I am ashamed to confess.”
So do we! Your itsy-bitsy frio™ is totally pocketable, light weight and warm to the touch.
To fit perfectly in your pocket, designer clutch or wizard’s pouch. Want to wear your profession or hobby out in public ? A frio™ on your keyring and see the red carpet rolled out for you.
If you’ve got some frio™ buzz to send us, tag it with @enlightphotopro on Twitter or drop it on the enlight photo Facebook page!
- Photo District News PDN frio™ featured as an “Object Of Desire”!
- Strobist.com – The frio™ Locked and Loaded!
- Syl Arena’s Speedlighting.com frio™ feature
- Wired magazine’s blog feature on the frio™
“Your customer service is superb…it was a pleasure doing business with you. Thank you very much…I will be looking forward to your new gear in the future.” Mr Oe, California
“I like them so much that when I get Bogen’s Justin Clamps (I’m now up to four), I take off the shoe it’s supplied with and put a Frio on it.” M McNamara on Sportsshooter.com
“The frio is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I used them a few days ago and boy, they are solid in my dual flash set up holding the Phottix Odin receivers and flashes on top. You have a winner here. I never go back to those old cold shoes again. They are definitely worth the price. I don’t have to worry again about securing my gear” email from photographer Joyce R, USA
★★★★★ “The best coldshoe in the universe. The bar has been set high!” Chris L reviewing the frio™ on the Outdoor Photo Gear site
“I LOVE THE FRIO … I have two of them and use them almost daily” Seshu at Tiffinbox
“the frio from @orbisflash is awesome!” Jason Chau, Twitter user icemanx62
“They’re manufactured well, they’ve been carefully and cleverly designed, and they certainly look like they’ll do everything needed of them.” Read Nicks full review HERE
“Just received my frio™ 3 pack. Awesome product, thanks.” Mark H on Twitter
“I am in love. I’ve replaced all the coldshoes on my Interfit and Lastolite softboxes. Peace of mind is a beautiful thing.” Read wedding photographer Stephanie Zettl’s full review on the frio™ here.
“Used my frio™ for a paid photo job yesterday and it worked flawlessly.” David Tong commenting on his own review of the frio™
“After using normal metal coldshoes, I almost had my brand new SB900 fall off the old mounting coldshoe (and yes, I did lock it using the locking pin) I just ordered frios™ for all my speedlights. Great little piece of kit and a cheap investment for a peace of mind” Peter G
“Small in size and price, but HUGE in functionality. My only disappointment? I only got 3 ” Scott Eccleston, Weekly Photo Tips
“I love the frio™. I’ve already bought a few. Best shoe I’ve owned.” Shannon Heager, USA on Twitter
“All photographers should get a frio™ or 5! They are awesome.” Ben Meadors, USA on Twitter
“Love ‘em. I ordered a few more.” Renée Peoples, USA on Twitter
“I love the frios™ I have. Can’t have enough of them!” John Adkins USA
“My frios™ are here to stay.” Lighting guru Bert Stephani, Belgium writing in his blog review of the frio™.
“The best cold shoe in the universe…. you’ve raised the bar.” Chris Leck USA
“This little bracket is simple but really useful and effective. 9/10″ Popular Photography UK
‘”The frio™ is a piece of style for your peace of mind. It is a high quality accessory that delivers a quick and secure way to mount your flash on a tripod or light stand, while also offering a unique look that pleases the eye.” Photo-Tips-Online
“The frio™ is a very good piece of equipment and I am going to order 2 more for my flashes. Very easy to handle, very light. I realy like it and am recommending to my friends.” Peter Prazenka
“I feel much more secure with my $$$ flash on a stand. Yeah, it’s a few bucks for a little piece of plastic, but it’s worth it!” Doug Felts
“I have the Frio Coldshoe and it works great! Simple and functional!” rtencati, Flickr
“+1 one fan in Japan!” Tokoyo Boy
“I just got a frio™, and its AMAZING. I want another one!” Jon at www.macbusters.net
“Used the frio™, bloody brilliant. Mounted my flash on a monopod to hold over the subject. The flash did not fall off and hit my subject, as it did the last time I tried this with one of those other, useless flash shoes.” Michael Craig
“No question, the frio™ is worth it. I love how easy it is to get gear on and off my lightstands now and the extra security is well worth the price. I absolutely recommend the frio™.” Kerry Garrison, cameradojo.com
“★★★★★” Dave, USA, B&H Verified Buyer
“The frio™ rocks ! I will be replacing all my existing shoes with the new frio™.” John Adkins
“All my flashes are now sitting on blue.” – David Hobby
“The frio™ is miraculous.” – WIRED.com
“The frio™ is ingenious. For me it was love at first sight.” – Syl Arena
“OOooo… I’ve got shivers up my spine.” David Honl
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• I want to know more ! Where can I get my frio™ ?
The frio™ is available NOW in stores worldwide, and HERE directly from us. Sign up to the enlight photo newsletter to find out more and be in with a chance to win an orbis® ringflash system. If you’re not into buying stuff online and would like to drop into your local camera store, click here for frio™ stockists!
• What is the frio™ coldshoe?
The frio™ coldshoe is the crucial connection between your hotshoe accessory and your lightstand, tripod, clamp or rig. Most commonly, your frio™ fits your off-camera flash to your lightstand. But it works with anything that has a male hotshoe connector, like many microphones, LED light panels, monitors, etc. to enable you to fit it to anything with a male 1/4″-20 standard tripod stud.
The frio™ coldshoe, not to be confused with a frio coldsore, is definitely something you should share with your friends.
• How is the frio™ better than other coldshoes, or hotshoe adapters, on the market?
The only universal coldshoe with a unique dual lock system, the frio™ gives you the assurance that your gear is safe and your shoot will never fall apart. The frio™ is the world’s first coldshoe designed from the ground up.
No other coldshoe has been custom-designed for your needs as a sophisticated photographer or videographer. Only the frio™ is universally compatible, so you you’ll never need to make your own modifications to make your gear securely fit your grip.
• Which flashes does it work with? Does the frio™ play nicely with the Canon 580 and 600?
The frio™ coldshoe works with every hotshoe flash we’ve been able to lay our eager hands on, including the frankly bizarre Nikon SB900 with its “I look like all those other hotshoes but actually I’m really rather different thank-you-very-much” attitude.
The Canon 580EXII and the 600EX RT have muffin-hips, AKA a rain gasket. They work differently with the frio™; the Slip’n'Click™ lock working with friction against the rubber rather than popping back up. Thanks to their muffin-hips you have to use a bit more force to disengage the pin lock but it still works to ensure your super-premium Canon canons are as safe as houses.
As yet, the frio™ does not work with Sony/Minolta hotshoes (what were they thinking?!)
• Which umbrella swivels does it work with?
The frio™ coldshoe works with several umbrella swivels, including the world famous Justin Clamp. So to upgrade your brolly mounts so that you can fit your SB900 and shoot safe in the knowledge your gear is safe; go with one of these mounts from Manfrotto or Photoflex! A lot of brolly adapters have crappy coldshoes glued in place, which as we all know are basically useless without a frio™.
• Do I need more than one frio™?
Frios™ are social creatures, with an instinctive preference for companionship. Seriously, you’ve probably got a couple of lightstands, or maybe a lightstand and a tripod. Ever had that feeling that you left the one bit of gear at home that you need? Of course you have. Get two or three frios™ and you’ll never have to rely on that funny looking passerby who can’t stand up straight to point your flash in the right direction. If your lightstands already have an old coldshoe on them, unscrew it and fit a frio™. The frio™ fits any hotshoe, perfect for multiflash and multimedia set ups.
Your a photographer or videographer right ? Why have a beer bottle opener on your keyring when you could have a frio™!? OK, maybe you should have both.
SLR Flash + frio™ + Light Stand = Heaven
Light Panel + frio™+ light Stand = HD Pleasure
orbis™+ SLR Flash+ frio™ +Tripod = Beautiful shadowless light
HDDSLR rig + frio™ + Microphone = Megan Fox in a swimming pool full of money
The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.
• Will my frio™ fit all my gear?
The frio™ is the crucial connection between anything with a hotshoe and anything with a 1/4″-20 standard stud.
Flash + Tripod.
Flash + Lightstand.
Flash + Clamp.
Flash + Monopod.
HD Video microphone + Tripod.
Microphone + HD rig.
Microphone + Gorillapod™.
LED light panel + HD rig.
The list is almost endless. Only the frio™ keeps all your gear safe. The frio™: secure connection for your hotshoe accessories.
The frio™. Connect Combine Create.™
• Is the frio™ 1/4-20 socket metal or plastic?
It’s metal. Plastic threads are a bad idea. The metal thread in the frio(tm) is built to withstand years of use and abuse.
• OH NO! My lightstand fell over and my frio™ broke!
It’s designed to do that. “WHAT THE ?!?!?!?” I hear you cry.. “You sold me something designed to break ?!?!”
Let me explain… we did a lot of stress testing of the frio™ during the design process so I guarantee that under normal use, your frio™ isn’t gonna break. And by normal use, I mean the kinda use that we photographers give our gear. I mean hard use. But under extreme shocks, like a lightstand falling over or a tree smacking your flash upside the head, the frio™ shoe is designed to break. That way your flash, which costs hundreds of dollars to fix, will often be saved by the frio™ breaking rather than the shoe, or even worse, the body of your flash.
The innovative unique design of the frio™ provides an exceptional platform to promote your brand and company.
On the frio™ your logo and brand will leave a lasting impression on an accessory used on a daily basis by tens of thousands of flash photographers and HD SLR videographers worldwide. The appeal, function and design associated with the frio™ make promoting your brand fun and easy. Imagine your logo on everyone’s lightstand, tripod and grip item, prominently displayed on a device used daily by flash photographers.
The Perfect Corporate Gift
Already a blockbuster success among the Speedlight flash community, the frio™ is a well received corporate gift. After all, what could be a more practical gift than hotshoe security? Classy and stylish, your custom-made photography corporate gift will be a stand out hit and thoroughly appreciated in any photographer’s kit list and keyring.
The frio™ is an excellent platform for your brand promotion. For a small extra per unit cost, our excellent graphic designers at enlight photo can customise the recyclable hang tags to also feature your logo and message. Or we can supply your promotional frio™ with standard retail packaging.
Our recent corporate promotion clients include Canon, Nikon and the Flash Bus. Join them by applying via email.
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